14 December 2014

Mood Board

I recently came across this lovely blog and was inspired by the beautiful images it contains.  One of them, a lovely 'mood board' created from white flowers made me go straight into the garden in search of my own white flowers.

I wondered if I would be able to find enough of them to recreate the pretty image I had seen.

I am pleased to say I did.

04 December 2014

Making a point

I am calling this quilt 'Making a point'.  What point I, or it, is trying to make I am not sure, but perhaps it is that even when you aren't feeling as well as you would like, you can still make quilts.  I have only two more chemotherapy sessions left and it is wonderful to be counting down instead of looking at the mountain I had to get over at the beginning of this year.

As you can see I quilted it with lots of straight lines and I really love the texture this gives the quilt.
The backing is a piece of fabric I picked up at Ikea which I thought was fun and suited the modern look of the quilt.

But I really love how the blue and white baubles on my tiny Christmas tree match the quilt so well.

09 October 2014

Spring fling

I love a lot of things about Spring, but one of the pleasures I like best is to pick a vase of spring flowers from the garden.

I don't care about colour selection, I just pick whatever is blooming and put them altogether in a vase.

They might look a bit garish, but after a winter without colour (in more ways than one), I am just happy to see so many bright colours together.

Such delicate blooms probably won't last long, but they will certainly make me happy for a few days.

We have been enjoying the most glorious weather over the last few days - the sort of weather that makes you want to be outside all the time.  This has been my favourite seat in the house.

From here I can admire the roses which have done themselves proud this year.

26 September 2014

Wildflower season

It is wildflower season in Western Australia and John and I have been to Kings Park to see the astonishing variety of flowers. This is just a small sample - enjoy.

20 September 2014

Slow progress

Wow, it has been a long time between posts.  When I last wrote I had just started radiation therapy and was not feeling too bad.  Things went rapidly down hill not long after that and  I reached my lowest point shortly thereafter.  However, that is now all behind me and I am beginning to feel stronger.  I am still undergoing chemo and will be for the next five months.  The good news is that I have it only once a month instead of weekly and, so far, I am coping with it well.  My hair is beginning to grow back for which I am very grateful as the weather is getting warmer and scarves and wigs are hot to wear in warmer weather.  I am hoping that I will need neither in a few months' time.  Every day I run my hands over my head hoping to detect a little more growth, but it seems so slow and I am impatient.

In the sewing room, activity has slowed to a crawl, although I do have two quilts which have been sandwiched and basted and are ready to be quilted.  

The first is a very modern quilt which has been pieced using the improvisational method - something I haven't tried before and which I enjoyed.

The second quilt is a more traditional quilt which I am making for the little girls and which I will quilt in large stitches using thick cotton thread.

All I need is my sewing mojo which seems to have deserted me.  Like my hair, I am looking forward to its return.

02 July 2014

Toasty toes

I started radiation treatment this week and this will continue every weekday for the next five weeks.  Chemo will continue weekly.  In between hospital visits I have a lot of time on my hands and I am very grateful that I feel well enough and have enough energy to hold knitting needles and crochet hooks and apply my foot to the sewing machine pedal.  All of the above done in a much slower manner than usual, but I am not complaining.

I have just finished another ripple blanket.  This one is for John and me and will keep our toes warm on these cold winter nights.

I have been thinking about the positives of my treatment and, amazingly, there are quite a few.  I do have more time to myself, although admittedly, not always with enough energy to do much.  My hairless state means that the morning ablutions take much less time as I don't have to worry about washing and styling my hair.  I no longer have to shave my legs.  My fingernails have grown stronger.  I am reading a LOT of books.
I have met a lot of lovely people.

Last week I joined a very exclusive club called The Chemo Club.  This is a club run by a local gym for people undergoing cancer treatment.  Twice a week for an hour the club opens its doors so that we can do some gentle exercise under supervision.  I have never been a gym member so I don't know what the atmosphere is like when 'healthy' people are using the facilities.  However, I doubt they have as many laughs and there is as much camaraderie as the ladies in this group have.  As we peddle away on the bikes or pound away on the treadmills, everyone swaps stories and offers encouragement.  What great therapy.

Mum liked the blanket so much she put in a request, so now I have another one on the hook.

14 June 2014

Good days and not so good days

Today was a good day.  Some days are not so good so it is important to make the most of those that are.

I have had this urn for some time and had hidden it away in a corner as I no longer liked its dark appearance. Then one day it occurred to me that it would be improved with a coat of chalk paint.

A sunny warm winter day was all the impetus I needed to break open the tin of paint and get out the brushes.

Now my little brown urn has been given a new lease of life and it no longer has to be hidden away.  It looks so good it has been given a more prominent position in the house.  I wonder if a coat of chalk paint would give me a new lease of life?

Should I put it here?

Or here?